June 17, 2004


Bush and McCain Make Nice (otty Lynch, Douglas Kiker, Beth Lester, Clothilde Ewing, Cody Kucharczyk and Nathaniel Franks, 6/17/04, CBS News)

It seems that President Bush and Sen. John McCain have made peace. Bush campaign officials told the Washington Post that the senator will join Bush on Air Force One Friday for a trip to Washington State and Nevada. McCain will appear with the president in a military hangar in Fort Lewis, Wash., during the president’s speech on transforming the military, and will then introduce Bush at a campaign rally that afternoon in Reno, Neva.

McCain had been wooed by John Kerry for the number-two spot on the Democratic ticket but McCain turned him down and has filed for reelection to the Senate as a Republican from Arizona.

Senator Kerry just keeps raising (lowering?) the benchmark for worst presidential campaign ever.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2004 2:28 PM

McCain can be troublesome but seems like all he wants is attention. Good move by Bush admin to play nice with him and tie him closer to their campaign. After all of the positive press for McCain by the media it will further help Bush. Of course there is the possibility that Bush has promised something to McCain for his support that we will find out about at a later date.

Posted by: AWW at June 17, 2004 3:45 PM

The Media did Kerry no favors by pushing this nonsense. McCain was a co-chair of Bush's Arizona re-election campaign. Further, there is nothing in McCain's character that says Mr. No. 2 to me.

All the Media did was make Kerry's eventual pick look worse in comparison to St. McCain.

Posted by: AML at June 17, 2004 4:52 PM

I still think that McCain might be the vice-presidential candidate of Bush, but he will have to make significant moves towards Bush.

I look at it different than some of the other people here in the sense that Bush will only choose him if he feels that he will bring in the California electoral votes. (which is 20% of that which is neccessary to win).

Posted by: h-man at June 17, 2004 4:59 PM

McCain to head the CIA???

Posted by: BJW at June 17, 2004 6:29 PM

I think McCain loves being a Senator, which is the lesson most often learned by Senators who run for President. That lesson is being drummed into Senator Kerry daily.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 17, 2004 7:44 PM

The great thing about being a Senator is that you can whine and bitch and complain and grandstand and never have to actually produce anything concrete. It's part of the reason why Senators have such a hard time making the transition to President, and why state governors have been more successful. The same goes for Senators who become Cabinet officers.

McCain as CIA head would be in danger of having to take responsibility if something went wrong. McCain as head of Intellegence Committee can spend Sundays for months demanding the resignation of the head of the CIA if something goes wrong

As for Senators becoming VP-- does McCain really want to join Algore, Quayle and Nixon?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 17, 2004 8:00 PM

I'm eagerly looking forward to the first public mockery of Kerry by Bush over this.

Posted by: Timothy at June 18, 2004 12:32 PM

It is possible that McCain finally realized that while he was in the Hanoi Hilton, Kerry was traipsing around the country, slandering all American soldiers and our country's reputation.

Maybe he learned that two of his fellow POW's have written letters (here and here)asking people not to vote for Kerry. After all, Kerry's speeches were played by their captors to demoralize the POWs.

Perhaps he has learned the the communist tyranny in Vietnam has Kerry's picture in a place of honor - a room dedicated to foreigners who helped the communist victory.

Or maybe he learned that those who knew Kerry best, all of his commanders up to the CINCPAC, and 200 other Swift Boat sailors gave a press conference and signed a letter claiming that Kerry was unfit to be Commander in Chief.

Perhaps he found out that just this month, the communist Vietnamese government attacked US policy in Iraq, in an article which proved that the United States fought using atrocities as a daily routine event, according to their named source: John Kerry.

Posted by: John Moore at June 22, 2004 2:02 AM